IMO, Christianity is a civilizing influence on Africa, even if Africans don’t really take to true Christianity that often.
For that reason, it’s disturbing to read that a man of the cloth has been taken away by a devil croc.
That said, it’s pretty stupid to baptize your flock in a body of water known to be infested with crocs.
A water baptism ceremony held near a lake turned into a horrific tragedy when the pastor was reportedly grabbed by a crocodile Sunday.
Pastor Docho Eshete was baptizing at least 80 members of his Protestant congregation at Lake Abaya, in southern Ethiopia, an area known to have a huge crocodile population, when one of the creatures leaped out of the water and grabbed him.
“He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one,” a local resident told the BBC. “All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor.”
Pastor Docho died from injuries on his legs, back and hands despite efforts from the congregation, fishermen and residents trying to save him, policeman Eiwnetu Kanko said.
The crocodile escaped as the group used fishing nets to prevent it from taking the pastor’s lifeless body.
The comments at Fox that I saw were mostly just anti-Christian nonsense.
More background from The Telegraph
Protestant baptism services in Africa are frequently conducted by rivers or lakes, with the initiate being fully or partially immersed in the water in the manner of Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.
The ceremony was always likely to be risky one. Abaya, Ethiopia’s second largest lake, is known for having a large crocodile population.
The reptiles have a reputation of aggression towards humans because of a dearth of fish in the lake. The lake’s reddish brown waters make it hard to spot a crocodile until it surfaces, making escape less likely.
Hundreds of people are killed in crocodile attacks in Africa every year, conservationists say. Many of the victims are women washing clothes on river rocks.
The true death toll is unknown, however, as many deaths are unreported.
Quick reaction time and speedy legs are evolutionary adoptions that characterize the African. Slow means death.
In this case, the intelligence to do baptisms in a sink or bathtub was lacking. Stupid also means death.